I got an invite to attend the 2011 Sturgis Road Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania last weekend, and offered to do some promotional photography for them. I ended up having to adapt to a bunch of interesting photography conditions and shot just about every type of photo you could imagine – glamour, product photography, editorial, humanity – and really enjoyed the experience, so I thought I’d share some photos.
Taking the new D7000 (post coming) out for a test drive, Val and I stopped by Phipps Conservatory. During this last long haul of winter, nothing feels better than getting to take your coat off and wander around “outside”. I regret not taking advantage of my free admission during my CMU years more often. It would have been very easy to bring my text books and study there instead of a frigid, barren dorm room.
Skivvy is back from Alabama, Valerie is in town, Mom just got a brand new sushi kit, I am taking Japanese classes – all of these factors provide plenty of reason to through a Japanese party.
And so, after an expensive stroll through the Strip District, dawning my robe, and putting on the koto music, we took a crack at rolling our own sushi. The rolls started off a bit… messy (likely, the Sake was involved), but after we got in to our swing, we learned that it wasn’t too difficult. Special thanks to Bober and Father Bober for lending us the rice cooker. Apparently, sushi is all about getting the rice just perfect.
Val and I enjoyed the open house and “Hot Jam” evening at the Pittsburgh Glass Center last weekend.
We had the chance to watch the blowers create a glass replica of the Lombardi Trophy in honor of Super Bowl XLV. We also got to browse some of the exhibits (pictured below) and munch on some goodies. I’ve taken classes at the PGC before, and Val is currently taking a glass blowing class. It is a great environment for networking, creativity, and getting a chance to do something different.
Merry Christmas (Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, etc.) and happy New Year! I’ve been so involved with my side project, Mystery Tricycle, that I haven’t gotten to put much content on shutterBURGH recently. But it was a fun Christmas at the Smarto household, so here are some highlights.
It’s been a quick transition between the pleasant warm weather and the freezing, frigid Pittsburgh winter, we tried to extract a little bit of fun out of the autumn.
The gang and I had some fun picking and carving pumpkins (in engineer fashion, I was sporting the Dremel tool).
This weekend was the official opening of the Pittsburgh Public Market.
The PPM was heavily promoted throughout the Pittsburgh Blagosphere (Pittsburgh Mom, Living Pittsburgh, Burgilicious, Glitzburgh, Urban Out, and just about every other Pittsburgh food blog worth mentioning), so I was highly anticipating strolling though the array of food and craft vendors.
Going to our family’s traditional vacation destination, Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County, MD was a great way to wrap up the summer.
Mom, Doug and I traveled down, rented a boat, and visited our all time favorite watering hole, the Honi Honi Bar.
The Skvarla Wedding was far away in Indiana, so there wasn’t much opportunity for most of our friends to make it to the ceremony. It only seemed fitting that we throw a legendary party back home to celebrate the newlyweds.
One thing we know how to do is throw a legendary party.